December 2, 2013

Briefing - Organizational Meeting of the Board

Board chair wants province to ‘fix the formula’


Last in special education funding, board asks MPPs to be “partners” to fund Peel students fairly

 

At their annual meeting on Dec. 2, trustees of the Peel District School Board acclaimed Janet McDougald, trustee for Mississauga wards 1 and 7, as chair. McDougald has been a trustee for 25 years, has served as chair for 16 years and was previously vice-chair for three years. Suzanne Nurse, trustee for Brampton wards 2 and 6, was acclaimed as vice-chair. Nurse is starting her eighth year in public office.

 

After detailing how Peel District School Board students are last of all Ontario school boards in special education high needs funding, the board chair launched a #FixTheFormula campaign. Noted McDougald, “I’m pleased to join my trustee colleagues in our priority for the province to fix the special education formula and fund Peel students fairly now. And this begins with the ideas of equity and fairness. We talk a lot about these ideas in terms of inclusion, access and opportunities. It is even in our mission, vision and values...we respect differences and treat everyone fairly and equitably...is a key character attribute.”

 

Added McDougald, “But there’s another way to look at fairness and equity—how we’re funded as a board. Specifically, how we are funded—or not funded—for special education. Based on the reported needs, the High Needs Amount (HNA) grants range from a high of $1,700 per student at the top to a low of $339 at the very bottom. The unfortunate news—that very bottom amount is the Peel board funding.”

 

“The HNA grant is a vital source of funding, and we are at the bottom. It is pretty clear that the process to calculate it is flawed. It’s not scientifically based. It’s out-of-date. It’s not equitable or fair. Due to this flawed funding formula, we in the Peel board face a serious shortfall in special education funding. We need to fix the formula and fund Peel students fairly.”

 

“There is some good news. The provincial government realizes that many school boards, not just Peel, find the special education funding formula unfair and there is a newer, more accurate statistical model. If we were just somewhere in the middle of pack, we estimate that we would receive an additional $14 to $16 million in funding. We think that using the prediction model would put us right about there.”

 

“With another $14 to $16 million each and every year, our $14 million shortfall disappears (interesting that these two amounts are the same). Our spending would be inside the funding envelope. That would eliminate the pressure we feel to cut away at other budgets. In fact, by fixing the formula we could do so much more—for example, have greater flexibility with busing, or upgrade more sports fields or even provide more staff to support student needs. And that helps all students.” 

 

“All of this is possible. The province can fund Peel students fairly. The fix to the broken funding formula is there. The province just has to use it,” noted McDougald. “I want to assure the community—and our political representatives—that this is not an adversarial process. Our MPPs were key players in helping to increase our Learning Opportunities Grant, and we will be going out to them before School Council sessions in the new year to specifically ask for their help, as our partners, in helping to fix the formula. I know we can count on their support.”

 

Read Janet McDougald’s remarks       McDougald's remarks
Read Tony Pontes’ remarks                Pontes' remarks

BOARD ELECTS MEMBERS OF STANDING AND LEGISLATED COMMITTEES
 
Instructional Programs/Curriculum Committee:

Beryl Ford

David Green

Sue Lawton

Harinder Malhi

Suzanne Nurse

Rick Williams (Chair)

Physical Planning and Building Committee:

David Green (Chair)

Steve Kavanagh

Hardinder Malhi

Jeff White

Meredith Johnson

Rick Williams

Special Education Advisory Committee:

(chair & vice-chair of SEAC will be elected at the Dec. 17 meeting)

 

Stan Cameron

Meredith Johnson

Brad MacDonald

Audit Committee:

(chair will be elected at the next Audit Committee meeting)

 

Beryl Ford

Meredith Johnson

Sue Lawton

Human Resources & Negotiations Advisory Committee:

(Committee of the whole Board)
Beryl Ford (Chair)

 
The following secondary principal assignments will be effective January 31, 2014:

Kent Armstrong from principal at Lorne Park Secondary School to principal at Mayfield Secondary School

Sandra Dussiaume from principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School to principal at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School

Peter Hill from principal at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School to principal at Lorne Park Secondary School

Bill Matthews from principal at Mayfield Secondary School to Principal, Continuing and Adult Education

The following secondary principal appointment will be effective January 31, 2014:

Patricia Whyte from vice-principal at David Suzuki to principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School

The following secondary principal appointment will be effective February 3, 2014:

Paul Freier from vice-principal at  Roy McMurtry School to principal at Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School

The following secondary principal assignment will be effective February 3, 2014:

Cheri Riddell from principal at Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School to principal at Glenforest Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal appointment will be effective January 6, 2014:

Alison Irvine from vice-principal at Central Etobicoke High School, Toronto District School Board to vice-principal at Mayfield Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal assignments will be effective January 31, 2014:

Dan Bowyer from vice-principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School to vice-principal at David Suzuki Secondary School

Heike Bronson from vice-principal at Humberview Secondary School to vice-principal at Mississauga Secondary School

Lionel Klotz from vice-principal at Mayfield Secondary School to vice-principal at Humberview Secondary School

Tyler McLeod from vice-principal at Mississauga Secondary School to vice-principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal appointment will be effective February 3, 2014:

Grace Prendes from acting vice-principal at Meadowvale Secondary School to vice-principal at Meadowvale Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal appointment will be effective March 17, 2014:

Connie Lawley from Resource Teacher, North Field Office to vice-principal at Parkholme School

 

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